The NCAA Tourney stays in the focus in Vegas starting Thursday. Also this week: Kim Kardashian does a red carpet; Monster Trucks storm Sam Boyd Stadium; Las Vegan Sheena Easton does South Point; a zillion punk bands play a radio show; a Guns N' Roses man; plus rap, rock, more Osmonds, Andrew "Dice" Clay, "Monsters vs. Aliens" and the White Chocolate Grill.
You can get the whole run-through of what to do this week in Vegas by watching our latest VegasLand Video.
And since you asked regarding March Madness, here again is exactly what I told you last week about our Strip's top sports books. By the way, there were more than 1,000 dudes at Caesars sports book last Thursday. I was there. It was really super fun.
You should plan ahead as to where to go, because seats at casino sports books get snapped up early on Thursday morning. Like really early, especially at a prime spot like the Hilton.
Find comfort in this: Vegas has so many great sports books, it's pretty hard to go wrong in your selection — that's certainly true if you're not a hardcore gambler but want to do some betting, drink some beer and see action in comfort.
As pointed out by the Las Vegas Advisor, Anthony Curtis, there are three spots considered "super books." Those are inside the Las Vegas Hilton, Caesars and the Mirage. Most photos below courtesy of the hotels. Don't be wigged out if a photo makes a sports book look empty. That just means they took the photo during a magically empty hour. Believe me. These books will be packed.
First, the Hilton:
Here's Caesars Palace:
The Mirage sports book will have Miller Lite “girls” passing out promotional gifts. You can get buckets of beer here. The Japonais Lounge will open at 11 a.m. and keep games on its TVs.
The Venetian has 140 seats, smaller than some books, but the viewing has three big TVs and 40 smaller TVs, with seats featuring individual TVs and racing monitors.
The MGM sports book will offer beer and drink specials, with souvenir cup specials and refill options.
Green Valley Ranch:
Monte Carlo will be open 11 a.m.-11 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday; and 11 a.m.-midnight on Friday and Saturday.
At the Palazzo’s 24,000-square foot Sportsbook Bar & Grill, betting goes down at windows right outside the restaurant and bar. It opens 8:30 a.m. Thursday through Sunday. Betting windows open at 7:30 p.m.
This is what it looks like at the Palazzo's theater style seating, for watching games at the Sportsbook Bar & Grill:
The Palazzo's Sportsbook Bar & Grill outdoor patio:
The Palazzo's Sportsbook Bar & Grill private room:
Jerry’s Nugget: Now through Friday, play $20 on certain cards and get a free Jerry’s Nugget basketball T-shirt. From 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday, former UNLV head football coach Harvey Hyde hosts a live radio show on the tourney in the sports book at Jerry’s Nugget. The main bar lets you keep your glass as a souvenir. Jerry's looks like this:
UPDATE: Thanks to a reader, pointing out my previously not mentioning the New York-New York sports book (see comment below), here it is:
UPDATE TWO: The El Cortez will offer bratwursts and bloody Marys for $2 each; 12 oz. draught beer for $1:
PT’s are doing Sierra Gold happy hour 5-7 p.m. with half-off drinks and pizzas. That’s their daily, weekday happy hour.
McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon at the Rio is giving away a 40-inch TV, a Nintendo Wii and a Wii NCAA game at the end of the weekend. You buy a $3 Miller Lite draught, and you get a raffle ticket. You buy a $20 Miller Lite bucket and get 10 raffle tickets .
Rockhouse Bar and nightclub, near the Imperial Palace sports book, has 20 large TVs.
Bally’s has stadium seating. Sample price: $5 for a Nathan’s hotdog with grilled onions or sauerkraut
Circus Circus’s Garden Grill, near the sports book, will serve $2 domestic beers, $2 tequila and Crown Royal shots. Coors Light “girls” pass out promotional gifts, and 16-ounce Coors Draughts go for $2. Beer buckets available.